PRESIDENCY CONFIRMS RELEASE OF DAPCHI GIRLS

The Presidency has confirmed the release of students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on February 19.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who confirmed this, promised to give further details on the development later.

The girls’ release came exactly one week after President Muhammadu Buhari visited the school where they were kidnapped.

It cannot be ascertained if any ransom was paid by the federal government to secure the girls’ freedom.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Defence Headquarters has dismissed claims by Amnesty International, that security forces were alerted of impending invasion of Dapchi town by Boko Haram terrorists before the abduction of students of Government Girls’ Secondary Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

Amnesty International had in a report faulted the military over the abduction of the female students in the North East, saying the Nigerian security forces were intimated of the planned attack of the town by the terrorists group, yet could not swiftly act to avert the situation.

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